Today we will learn about how to become
a US citizen, if you are born in the United States, born in a foreign country but, have a parent or both parents who are US
citizens, are born in Guam or Puerto Rico, or gone through the naturalization process; you are a United States citizen. An immigrant is a person who permanently moves to another country in order to become US citizens immigrants must undergo the naturalization process. Naturalization is the legal process of becoming a citizen, the naturalization process includes the following steps: one, file a declaration of intent; a declaration of intent is a letter stating that you plan to become a citizen, it is handed in at an immigration office after an immigrant enters the United States. Next an immigrant must live in the United States for at least five years, after the five-year waiting period; they
file an application for naturalization if their application is approved, they meet with an immigration examiner who asks them many questions; this is called the naturalization test. This verbal test is in English and includes questions on American history and the workings of American government, if they are approved by the immigration examiner; the final step is an appearance in court to take the oath of loyalty. The oath basically promises loyalty to the
United States and an agreement to follow all the laws. The immigrant is then officially a US citizen and has issued a document called a green card as proof. Though the United States has traditionally been considered a country of immigrants; the number of immigrants currently allowed into the United States
each year is limited actually making it to the United States to apply for naturalization is the greatest barrier for many potential citizens. The country’s immigrants come from has also changed over time, in the past many US immigrants came from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, Russia and Eastern Europe, today most immigrants come from Central and South America, and Asia. An illegal immigrant is an immigrant who enters a country without filing the
proper paperwork, when they are discovered illegal immigrants are often deported. Deported means sent back to their home country, in the past you could lose your US citizenship by being disloyal to the United States and its government, however, today this is very rare. If you are born or become a US citizen through the naturalization process the only way to lose your citizenship is to become a naturalized citizen of another country and give it up.